The Experience

Staying at the Great Ocean Ecolodge a very special way to enjoy the natural landscapes and wildlife of the Great Ocean Road in comfort.  It is ideal if you have a few spare days  (or more!) or if you are travelling with children.

Your stay includes:

  • Delicious afternoon tea and coffee with biscuits and cakes fresh from our ovens every day at 4pm.
  • Guided Dusk Walk accompanied by dedicated ecologists, in the grounds of the Conservation Ecology Centre at 4:30pm.
  • Peaceful nights – breathtaking views, private ensuite bathrooms, crisp linen, timeless antiques and fluffy towels.
  • Leisurely breakfasts – a sumptuous array of fresh homemade mueslis, fresh fruits, local breads, croissants and homemade preserves.
  • Tickets to the Cape Otway Lighthouse.
  • Free use of binoculars, field guides and wifi.

Evening meals and picnic lunches are available at additional charge.

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Dining

Rich soils, plentiful rain and gentle sunshine ensure a bountiful harvest in the Otways. Take a gentle promenade through the Kitchen Gardens and taste the fresh strawberries, tomatoes, peas and beans, they are so good while they are still full of sunshine!

Our menus are designed daily to celebrate the seasonal produce grown in the Ecolodge’s own Kitchen Gardens and by our many magnificent local producers. Our chefs can be found in the Gardens in the afternoons gathering the harvest for dinner.

At the Great Ocean Ecolodge using locally sourced produce is a commitment in philosophy and practise to ethical food creation, enjoyment and sustainability.

You are on holiday! Take the time to enjoy an early morning cup of tea or coffee in the comfort of your room or out in the gardens where early risers will be treated to sights of the kangaroos grazing in the morning mist and the magical music of the dawn chorus.

We have breakfast, lunch and dinner covered

A leisurely breakfast will ensure you are ready for a day out in the fresh air. Fresh fruit, homemade muesli, cereals, preserved fruits, yoghurt, fresh croissants, local bread and homemade conserves will be sure to keep you going.

For lunch there is nothing quite like a picnic – freshly prepared wraps, with cakes, fruit and a drink, maybe a bottle of champagne. We can lend you a rug so you can find a secluded spot, unpack your lunch and settle in to enjoy a memorable afternoon overlooking the Great Southern Ocean or in a secret woodland glade. Then return to the Great Ocean Ecolodge to sit by the roaring fire, enjoy magnificent dining and fine local wines and beers to discuss the day that has been and the adventures that tomorrow will bring.

The costs for a 3 course dinner is $55 per person, lunch is $25 and breakfast is included.

Facilities

Grounds

165 acres of grasslands visited by kangaroos at dawn and dusk, woodlands where koalas doze and a tranquil spring where you may see Yellow Robins, King Parrots and Yellow-Bellied Gliders. Take a map and explore the carefully designed private walking tracks. There are many beautifully secluded spots to spend some time or enjoy a picnic.

Guest Bedrooms

The Great Ocean Ecolodge has five guest bedrooms which means your stay will be unique and personal. You can even book the whole Ecolodge exclusively for a very special experience.

Each guest bedroom is private and peaceful, furnished with a comfortable bed, crisp clean linen, and timeless antiques. The ensuite bathroom is equipped with fluffy towels and a delicious assortment of locally made natural soaps and shampoos. Below are descriptions of the individual rooms to assist you in choosing the perfect one for you.

Hollow

Downstairs, overlooking the Otway Ranges and grasslands where kangaroos come to graze at dawn and dusk. Available as a single or double room. Shares a sundeck with Burrow. Can accommodate up to two children’s beds if required.

Burrow

Downstairs, overlooking the Otway Ranges and grasslands where kangaroos come to graze at dawn and dusk. Available as a twin share or double room. Shares a sundeck with Hollow. Can accommodate up to two children’s beds if required.

Eyrie

Upstairs, overlooking the Otway Ranges and grasslands where kangaroos come to graze at dawn and dusk. Available as a single or double room.

Drey

Upstairs, overlooking the Kitchen Gardens. Available as a twin share or double room.

Nest

Downstairs, overlooking the Kitchen Gardens. Available as a single or double room.

Nature Gallery

The Great Ocean Ecolodge is proud to host the Nature Gallery, a collection of artworks created by local artists celebrating the natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road. Currently the Art & Ecology exhibit is showing in the Gallery.

www.artecology.info

Hall

The Hall overlooks grasslands, where mobs of kangaroos come to graze against the backdrop of the Otway Ranges. Filled with light, warm and cosy in winter and beautifully cool in summer, the Hall includes the Dining Room, Guest Lounge and Library.

Library

Located within the Hall, the Library is filled with field guides and other useful reference books.  This is an ideal place to check up on sightings and catch up on some of the finer points of natural history.

Kitchen Garden

With plentiful rainfall, sunshine and love, the Kitchen Gardens are very productive. It is lovely to stroll through them and visit the friendly flock of Light Sussex chickens.